Is Seltzer Jewish? And 99 Other Argument-Starters

Just to get it out there: Yes, bacon is on the list. “The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List” is a new book from Alana Newhouse and Tablet, the innovative and occasionally irreverent online magazine about Jewish culture. Ms. Newhouse, Tablet’s founder and editor in chief, said that she and a team of…

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Nonfiction: A Psychotherapist Analyzes Her Patients’ Stories — and Her Own

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONEA Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives RevealedBy Lori Gottlieb Apart from a brief flirtation with psychotherapy in my late 20s, I had never really experienced any kind of intense psychotherapeutic treatment. Then came 2018, which I can best describe as my own personal annus horribilis. First there was a…

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Martha Stewart’s Right-Hand Man

If you want to understand why Kevin Sharkey is Martha Stewart’s most trusted employee and best friend, consider how he treats his less famous companions: Once, for a cross-country drive that involved overnight stays in dingy motels, Mr. Sharkey brought along pillows, perfectly pressed D. Porthault linens and bolts of painter’s tarp. Upon arriving at…

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Parents Mourning Stillbirth Follow Familiar Patterns on YouTube

For 24 agonizing hours, Monica Franco-Pineda prepared to deliver a stillborn baby. She and her husband, Walter, had learned on Oct. 14, 2010, four days past her due date, that their son, Gabriel, no longer had a heartbeat. “I had a lot of time to digest what was going to happen,” she remembers. Mrs. Franco-Pineda,…

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Chanting Crowds and Camo Chic

Image Fidel Castro, in signature military fatigues, being interviewed during his trip to New YorkCreditThe New York Times It was like Sinatra headlining in Vegas. On April 21, 1959 — 60 years ago this Sunday — thousands of adoring New Yorkers gave a tumultuous welcome to a young celebrity emerging from Penn Station: Fidel Castro,…

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Medical News Today: Diabetes: Can cheese control blood sugar?

A new study shows that cheese improved insulin sensitivity in prediabetic rats, but industry funded the research. Can people with diabetes benefit from eating cheese? According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 30.3 million adults in the United States live with diabetes, and the condition is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.…

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2017 pneumonic plague outbreak in Madagascar characterized by scientists

Plague is an endemic disease in Madagascar. Each year there is a seasonal upsurge between September and April, especially in the Central Highlands, which stand at an elevation of more than 800m. In 2017, an unprecedented pneumonic plague outbreak hit the main island, primarily affecting the capital Antananarivo and the main port city of Toamasina.…

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New role for innate immune sensor: Suppressing liver cancer

IMAGE: Drs. Hasan Zaki (left) and SM Nashir Udden. view more  Credit: UTSW DALLAS — April 15, 2019 — UT Southwestern researchers have found that a protein in the body’s innate immune system that responds to gut microbes can suppress the most common type of liver cancer. The study, published today in the journal eLife, determined…

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Probing the mystery of drug resistance: New hope for leukemia’s toughest cases

IMAGE: This is Alejandro Gutierrez, MD. view more  Credit: MICHAEL GODERRE / BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Three children Alejandro Gutierrez, MD, treated for leukemia during his fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital still haunt him more than a decade later. One 15-year-old boy died from the toxicity of the drugs he was given; the other two patients went…

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